Located along the pedestrianized promenade on the Garonne River, and facing the Jacques Chaban Delmas Bridge, Hotel Seeko'o stands out of Bordeaux's mostly 18th century architecture with its pearly exterior of Corian panels. Seeko'o (iceberg in Inuit) is one of France's most radical hotels. Not only the exterior stands out, the interior - white, black and chrome minimalism tempered by warm wood, slate and fluffy chenille - features details such as glossy, black-lacquer ceilings, which magnify the bedrooms creating clever mirror effects, Corian washstands and on some of the floor-to-ceiling windows, screen-printed motifs taken from old photos recalling the wine warehouses and dockyard cranes that once filled the area. The completely open-plan rooms only have a sliding screen seperating the bathroom. There's a hammam and sauna on the fourth floor and a spacious bar on the first, where Champagne, malt whiskies and a wide choice of cocktails are served. The eco-friendly hotel uses organic and ecologically produced cosmetic products and the breakfast buffet includes a range of produce from artisan farmers and organically grown products.
• 45 rooms (27-35m2)
• Hotel opened: 2007
• Architect: Jean-Christophe Masnada (Atelier d’architecture King Kong)
• Unique: Like the inscription painted in the lobby and engraved over the baths - 'talk, watch, stroll, rest, wrap up, dream, awaken, lounge around smile' - Seekoo is wilfully contemporary, but also fun.